Natural Remedies for Ear Infection

These natural remedies for ear infection will ease your ear pain and help clear out the infection that is causing it. If these remedies don't work for you be sure to see your doctor for medical advice. If you suspect the eardrum is ruptured don't put anything in your ear and see a doctor.


Onion has antibiotic properties that make it one of the popular home remedies for ear infection. Peel the outer layer of skin from a medium onion and bake it in an oven at 350 degrees for about an hour or until the onion is soft and can be easily pricked with a fork. Once the onion is soft place the hot onion in a canning or mason jar. If you are using this remedy for children use a small onion and a smaller jar. The opening of the jar should fit comfortably over the entire ear. Prick the onion a few times with a fork so it releases steam. Place your ear over the opening of the jar. The steam will relieve the pain and the onion will help draw out the infection. Keep your ear over the jar until the onion is no longer releasing steam. You can wrap a towel around the jar to prevent you from burning yourself on it.

Peel an onion and wrap it tightly in a paper towel. Microwave the onion for 50 seconds. You want the onion to be hot, but not too hot and watery. Lay down and hold the hot onion against your ear for 10 to 20 minutes.

Warm some grated onion in the microwave. Squeeze some juice from the onion and use a medicine dropper to put the warm juice in your ear. The liquid should be about body temperature. Make sure it isn't too hot.


Garlic can also be used as natural ear infection remedies. Cut a small plug shape out of a fresh garlic glove. Wrap it in some tissue and place it gently in entrance of the ear. Don't shove it all the way in and be very careful. Do this right before bed. The garlic will naturally fall out when you go to sleep, but while it's in it will lessen your pain. You should notice a difference within 15 minutes.

Put 1/2 cup olive oil and two cloves of peeled garlic in a bowel and microwave it for 30 second. The oil should be body temperature. Put a few drops of warm oil in your ear before bed. Place a cottonball in your ear to hold it in.

Apple Cider Vinegar

Make a 50/50 mixture of apple cider vinegar and warm water. Use an ear bulb to flush out your ear with the mixture. Do this twice a day to clear up your infection.


While using these natural remedies for ear infection to clear up the pain try taking these vitamins to help the infection clear up more quickly.

  • zinc
  • vitamin C

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